Born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Taylor Alison Swift is a musical phenomenon. After moving to country music capital Nashville, Tennessee at the barely-ripe age of 14 to seek her fortune, Taytay was signed to independent label Big Machine Records. Her debut album (eponymous, of course) hit the charts in 2006, instantly making her one of country’s most recognizable artists. The album’s third single, “Our Song”, cemented Swift‘s place in history as the youngest country artist to write and perform a number-one song. Following her debut, Swift was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy at the 2008 Grammy Awards (at the age of 19, natch). Fearless was released in 2008, and that album made Swift the youngest ever Album of the Year winner at the Grammy Awards. Sensing a pattern here? Swift‘s third album, Speak Now, hit charts in 2010, and Red came along in 2012 with opening sales of 1.2 million records in the first week. Those are numbers that we haven’t seen since the days of *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys battling it out for the top spot on TRL, people.
Swift has been dragged for her dating life, juvenile appearance, and overly surprised “I WON?” face, there is no denying that she’s a talented and thoughtful songwriter. She has been honored by both the Nashville Songwriters Association and Songwriters Hall of Fame, and she’s only 23. T.Swift has sold over 26 million albums and 75 million digital downloads – also nothing to sneeze at. Her latest tour, promoting her album, Red, will wrap up in September of this year, so get your tickets now!